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Cajun Corner Leaving Leslieville

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embee Mar 15, 2008 12:14 PM

There's a large sign on Cajun Corner's window announcing that they are leaving Leslieville for Leaside. They are moving to the Laird/Eglinton area and will be introducing all of the frills: liquor license, jazz brunches, etc. No idea whether prices will jump with the move, but it seems likely.

Good for Cajun Corner, but a bummer for Queen E. I'll miss them

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    SusanB Mar 15, 2008 12:46 PM

    How disappointing - I love that place and it's right in my neighbourhood.

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      rsvp7777 Mar 15, 2008 01:31 PM

      Same here. I try to stop by for lunch at least once a week. It will be sadly missed!

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      Snarf Mar 15, 2008 03:42 PM

      Laisse les bonnes temps roulent! Expansion could mean more of their amazing food!

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        Jay98 Mar 16, 2008 08:34 AM

        Here's the new address:

        Is Moving!

        To:

        214 Laird Drive

        (2 blocks south of Eglinton Ave.)

        Grand Opening April 5th,

        Now fully licensed with an expanded menu

        and Sunday Jazz Brunch

        Loved the place on Queen, but they are still not too far away.

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          deelicious Mar 16, 2008 09:41 AM

          Is it closed now, or just advertising the move? Thanks

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            embee Mar 16, 2008 09:47 AM

            As of yesterday, just advertising the move.

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              deelicious Mar 16, 2008 10:46 AM

              OK thanks. It was a fun place to take people because of its quirkiness...will miss that.

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                Jay98 Mar 17, 2008 04:40 AM

                Just wanted to let you know that they were open yesterday, but forgot to ask when they will actually close the Queen location.

        2. TorontoJo Mar 16, 2008 08:43 AM

          Thanks, embee, for the chow news! I've been wanting to try Cajun Corner's fried chicken for ages now, but never made it in (my bad). Their new location is much closer to me and I'm really excited about checking them out when they open.

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            julesrules Mar 17, 2008 06:23 AM

            I'm also happy they are opening a proper restaurant. Hope they are open for weekday lunch as I work near there.

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              grandgourmand Mar 17, 2008 06:59 AM

              I've been meaning to try this place. While it's still conveniently located (for me at least), what should I try if I'm going to eat maybe three meals there.

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            Mila Mar 17, 2008 07:03 AM

            So sad, I love that place. But wonderful to see a great business grow and I'll certainly drive up to Laird.

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              gothlig Mar 18, 2008 12:31 PM

              I understand they plan a full service restuarant for Laird but will keep the Queen store open for a while.

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                embee Mar 18, 2008 12:36 PM

                I hope you are right, but that's not what someone working there told me. I know they had bought the building and were living upstairs.

                I also wonder whether they might be selling the place. I heard a rumour (not yet confirmed) that Karen was running a B&B in Louisiana. I'll chase this down if someone doesn't beat me to it.

                While I do hope their new place is a great success, they have been an invaluable resource in this area. A full service restaurant is a very different life from what they've been doing (which was a pretty laid back life for the foodservice business).

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                  Wahooty Mar 18, 2008 02:15 PM

                  Well, she SORT OF is. I actually just stayed at their house in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, but they weren't down there, so it was much more of a "renting your vacation house when you're not using it" kind of deal than a true B&B. If they're there, it's more of a full-service operation, I think, with a cocktail hour instead of a big breakfast, jazz outings, etc. They also seem to have taken it off of their website, so I'm not sure if they intend to keep that up, or possibly only run it as such when they're in town. Regardless, it was a very homey place to stay if you're like me and enjoy having kitchen privileges when you're out of town.
                  And since everything says that they're "moving," not "opening a second location," I'd guess the Queen location's days are numbered. Which makes me incredibly sad because the new location is closer to my house, but harder to get to on my way home from work when I need a fix. So I may have to put some serious thought into how much I'm willing to drag out my evening commute to get catfish.

            2. TorontoJo Apr 8, 2008 05:42 AM

              Just an update -- the grand opening of the Laird location is this Thursday, April 10. I see fried chicken in my future!

              http://www.cajuncorner.ca/

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                Vise Apr 8, 2008 10:33 AM

                So does this mean the Leslieville location is now closed? Would assume so but haven't passed by in a few days so not sure.

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                  Gary Apr 8, 2008 01:24 PM

                  Old location was closed on Saturday when we walked by, and many of the contents seemed to be in boxes. Looks like the end for that space. Shame the new location is in such a transit-unfriendly place -- I imagine they'll lose a good chunk of their current clientele.

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                    millygirl Apr 9, 2008 06:11 AM

                    If I'm not mistaken a bus goes right by the place. I believe you board it from either Donlands or Pape station.

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                      embee Apr 9, 2008 06:16 AM

                      The bus route is from Eglinton station to Donlands station via Eglinton, Laird, Millwood, and Donlands. That bus runs rarely. Sometimes it seems like never. I have waited twenty minutes for that bus at the height of rush hour. However, the location is a fairly short walk from Eglinton.

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                embee Apr 9, 2008 06:00 AM

                They are closed and I will miss them. I wish them well at their new location.The new menu is on their website. Geography being what it is, I won't get to the new place very often.

                I haven't seen Karen for some time now, so I don't have any inside information, but I'm guessing that they got a great deal on the Fate Bistro location on Laird. That place was reasonably well reviewed, but never seemed busy.

                Queen East seems to me a more appropriate location for an expanded Cajun Corner. I wonder whether they sold the Queen property for enough money to extricate themselves from living over the store.

                1. Davwud Apr 9, 2008 09:53 AM

                  I popped into the new locale this morning and it's looking pretty nice. Not overly big and they'll still have their usual accessories and food stuff. Just a more upscale dining area is all. A proper kitchen too I would imagine. I'll be there for lunch (Take out) tomorrow for a "Test drive".
                  Mrs. Sippi and I are also planning on having lunch there on Saturday.

                  I hope all goes well for them. They're very nice people and it's pretty convenient for me work wise.

                  DT

                  PS, for those who have to take the TTC there, it's only about 200 yards south of Eglinton. Just pick up the Eggs east bus and walk down. No biggie.

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                    fluke17 Apr 10, 2008 12:15 PM

                    I was in the area this morning and decided to try out the new location - it opened up at just after 11. It will be open until 8pm today - probably same hours during the rest of the week, but they are not posted. There are still a few kinks to work out as would be expected. Phone lines aren't in yet, so no debit, liquor license not in yet, but soon... but these are small things that will be easily addressed. The main thing was the catfish and gumbo were excellent, as was the service. Everyone was in good spirits. There are 8 tables in the new location, with additional room on the patio (looks like a nice place for a summer meal, especially when the liquor license comes in). I would not be surprised if I end up there again this evening, once the mrs. finds out that it is open and that I didn't pick her up a po boy.
                    Steve

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                      Davwud Apr 10, 2008 03:33 PM

                      I got a muffaletta for lunch. I was their first customer in the new place.
                      It looks nice and looks like it will do well for them. I was slightly worried about them moving out of Leslieville but Karen said she's quite familiar with Leaside so she should know.

                      The sandwich was great. It was on a kaiser which wasn't as good as if it were on a real muff. loaf.

                      DT

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                        TorontoJo Apr 10, 2008 06:10 PM

                        We picked up carryout for dinner tonight. Excellent fried chicken -- tasty and juicy. Hallelujah for real fried chicken! The full menu isn't available yet , so we weren't able to get the fish cakes or crab cakes. We ordered chicken gumbo, red beans and rice and cornbread. The red beans and rice were very nice -- I would have like some hot sauce to zip it up a bit. Sadly, there was no corn bread in our order when we unpacked it, so I can't report on it. We were full enough with the chicken and the beans and rice that we didn't want the gumbo. So it's gumbo for breakfast!

                        I'm looking forward to going back once they've fully settled in. Note that because their phone lines aren't in yet, there's no credit/debit card processing -- cash only. And no liquor license yet -- end of the month is when they expect it.

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                          Davwud Apr 11, 2008 04:35 AM

                          Mrs. Sippi is very skeptical of places like this and we're going for lunch tomorrow for the big test. She's been to NOLA many times and is very particular.

                          DT

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                            lowchen Apr 13, 2008 07:52 AM

                            I don't know about the new location. I wish them the best of luck but, Laird is really not a destination street... kind of like having a restaurant on Bathurst... both streets to me at least, are more through fare than a destination spot.

                            lowchen

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                              Davwud Apr 14, 2008 04:34 AM

                              I have exactly the same feeling and eluded to that fact with Karen but she said that she "Knows Leaside". So whatever.

                              It didn't used to be a destination street but with the big plaza now open I think a lot more people are heading over that way. Olde Yorke seems to do well.

                              DT

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                            wasabi_girl Apr 13, 2008 11:23 PM

                            After reading many positive things about the Cajun Corner, it has been on my 'must try' list for over a year. I never made it to their original location due to their early closing hours. But I managed to have dinner at the new location in Leaside this past Saturday.

                            The positives -- the waiter who looked after the whole restaurant was extremely polite and helpful. The relaxed ambiance, reasonable prices and decent portions.

                            The negative -- unfortunately was the food. The three of us shared the fried chicken, crawfish, jambalaya, pecan crusted catfish, crawfish etouffee and a side order of corn bread. The fried chicken was sparsely seasoned, bland and dry. It was served with coleslaw which was crisp and had a good balance of acidity. On the same plate as the slaw and chicken were these almost-burnt 'potato chips'. The corn bread was also dry and bland -- didn't taste any corn at all. After Alice Fazooli took their delicious 'crawdads' off their menu, I have been searching for them in the city. Our main draw to CC were their crawfish. The crustaceans were arranged perfectly on a bed of mesclun but again we were disappointed because they very 'fishy' tasting. On the other side of the taste meter was the jambalaya which was extremely salty -- so salty that I had to mention this to the waiter when he came to ask how our dinner was. The etouffee was tasty enough but it was basically a thick sauce sprinkled with a few pieces of green pepper and crawfish served over rice. The only dish we enjoyed was the catfish which was cooked well, the pecan crust was crunchy and the flesh was moist.

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                              embee Apr 14, 2008 04:50 AM

                              This doesn't sound like the same food. Perhaps it does, indeed, mean that Karen "knows Leaside", but I didn't think Leaside was like that any more.

                              As noted above, I wish them well and I will miss them on Queen St. I sure hope your meal was a startup aberration.

                    2. JamieK Apr 13, 2008 08:32 AM

                      I'm glad to hear they're licensed!

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